Can I use Bissell solution in a rug doctor?

Most Rug Doctor solutions are designed for use with Bissell carpet cleaners but can you use Bissell cleaning solutions on Rug doctor machines? Let’s find out.

Bissell has a fantastic product line that simplifies your life by helping you to keep your home clean, your floors spotless, and your family happy! But how safe is Bissell solution? A sister site of Rug Doctor, Bissell is one of the world’s top vacuum manufacturers whose products are sold in over 40 countries. Their Bissell solution is an all-purpose formula that cleans carpets, upholstery, floors, and all types of messes. Is it safe to use on carpets with wool or other textiles? Can I use Bissell solution in a rug doctor?

The answer to this question is no. The solution in a rug doctor will strip the dirt and stains out of your carpet. But it also can leave behind a residue that can cause permanent damage. Bissell solution should only be used on wool, nylon, and plush carpets for cleaning purposes. If you need to use it on a rug doctor then you should pre-test your rug doctor to see if it will work properly with the Bissell solution.

What can I use instead of Rug Doctor solution?

You can use a combination of water, baking soda, and vinegar to clean your carpet in place of rug doctor solution.

Harsh chemicals in carpet cleaners can cause skin irritation. Natural cleansers are much kinder to the skin and carpet, and also much less expensive than commercial counterparts. You can make your own carpet cleaner with natural ingredients you already have in your pantry. It can be used with or without a carpet cleaning machine for spot cleaning or cleaning the entire carpet.

Step 1: Mix 1 part white vinegar with 1 part distilled water in a spray bottle. Add 1/2 cup of baking soda. Mix thoroughly.

Step 2: Spray the solution directly on the stain or use it in your carpet cleaner. Let it sit on the stain for 5 to 10 minutes.

Step 3: Blot up the excess vinegar solution with clean towels until the carpet is almost dry. You can also vacuum up the moisture with the carpet machine.

Step 4: Mix equal parts vinegar and baking soda into a paste and rub into stubborn stains. Let it sit for 10 minutes and then wipe it off with a clean towel.

Step 5:  Sprinkle baking soda liberally over the carpet once it has dried after cleaning. Leave for several hours or overnight and then vacuum. This will deodorize the carpet.

When you use Rug Doctor’s carpet cleaning solution on your carpets, the cleaning chemicals get into your carpet, but they are not rinsed out properly. The solution remains in the carpet, which may not be healthy for small children, especially babies who lie on the floor and play.

Also, cleaning agents left in your rug can make your carpet dirtier after you’ve finished cleaning, as dirt can be more easily retained by the remaining solution. For these reasons, you can simply use warm water in your Rug Doctor. Simply fill the reservoir with hot water and use it as directed.

This will remove most of your dirt and even stains, without leaving any residue from cleaning chemicals or fumes. It should also not affect your warranty.

Again Water may not be enough to rid your carpet of some stains and odors, such as pet urine. In the Rug Doctor carpet cleaner, pour 1 cup of vinegar into the reservoir. Then fill the rest of the way with hot water. This mixture of vinegar and water should keep your carpet looking new and smelling fresh.

To add a pleasant scent to the mixture, add a few drops of essential oils, which are natural extracts from plants. They are available at most craft stores or where candles are sold.


If you are bored with your rug doctor, or just want to give it another go, you may be surprised to know that Bissell solution is still available but does not work on rug doctor machines.  There are many different varieties of Bissell equipment, and they are all effective in removing stains and removing dirt from rugs. It’s important to do your research before purchasing any new Bissell or rug doctor solutons since many brands are now using similar designs, but some still use a similar label.